14 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

14 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, then shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip builder site.

Chicago, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Lucerne is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, things will get slightly colder in Lucerne: highs are around 67°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and then stroll through Maennlichen. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 1 night
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 27th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, then fly down the slopes at Zugspitzplatt, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Rathaus-Glockenspiel. Get a sense of the local culture at Nymphenburg Palace and St. Peter's Church. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, walk around English Garden, enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche, and make a trip to Marienplatz.

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Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, then steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then take a stroll through Altstadt, and finally examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Fortress Marienberg, then snap pictures at Alte Mainbruecke, then explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, and finally make a trip to Hofkirche.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg route maker app.

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gendarmenmarkt and Potsdamer Platz. Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Rothenburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.